Flower Power

A Handmaid News

We recently had a “photo shoot” with the flowers in front of Mater Dei house. Even though they had been storm battered and were technically passed their prime they did their best to cooperate. But what delight we find examining these imperfect specimens that, while not ripe for a cover on Country magazine or Birds and Blooms, were nevertheless radiant …

Summer Sunrise In The Garden

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Some things are worth getting up early for. Some One is even more worth getting up early for and that’s the Lord. We are already up and praying Matins long before we assemble together at Chapel for Lauds and Terce before Benediction and Mass. In the summer the schedule gives us an opportunity for a prayerful walk between Matins and …

Priest Garden in Lenten Colors

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Winter is coming to an end and we have passed the halfway mark of the season of Lent and the Mary Mother of Priests Garden reflects that. As the warmth comes and plants come alive again in Spring, violet drapes the Cross reminding us of the time of penance, prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Soon, we will mark Passion tide. Already …

The White Garden

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

As it’s not too likely we’ll soon experience the amount of snow we enjoyed during our White Christmas, we thought we could share some of the views from the Mary, Mother of Priests Garden when it was covered wonderfully in snow that day.

Panoramic Mary Mother of Priests Tribute Garden

Fiery Sun on a Frosty Morning

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

We welcomed December with our first ‘snowfall’ of the year and captured some of these views from the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. The stations may have been coated with snow and ice and the names of the priests looking white and frosty, but the rising sun turned it all into a dazzling spectacle of joy. Prayers are like …

Dreary or Dramatic?

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A grainy photo could capture the dreariness of fog….or the awesome promise of sunlight!

Summer skies at the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden

A Handmaid News, Priests Garden

Summer skies at the Mary, Mother of Priests Tribute Garden. Even though we wake up in the very same place every day and see the same hills and valleys and skies, it is really just a glimpse of the infinite ways God can delight to make the ‘same old thing’ different each and every time in its beauty and wonder.